Last week, several NUHS students attended the yearly ACA Sports Council in Denver, Colorado where they presented their research projects, listened in on presentations, and networked with hundreds of other students and doctors in the country. My Tri-7 classmate, Bryan Karn, presented a systematic review with Michael Stern (Tri-10) comparing injury prevalence in athletes playing on artificial turf vs. natural grass. Their results indicated that an overwhelming majority of research stated that natural grass was safer for athletes than artificial turf. Their research project won First place — the “Tom Hyde ACA Sports Council Student Research Poster Project” Award!
During the three-day event, they had the opportunity to sit in on presentations and learn about Sports Chiropractic involvement in the Olympics, uncomplicated shoulder complex, biomechanics of feet during gait cycle, pediatric athletic injuries and how to properly manage them, fascia control, and more! Bryan mentioned to me how inspiring it was to see so many students and doctors recognize the amazing chiropractic efforts of Dr. Guadagno, who was named ACA Sports Council Doctor of the year in 2016.
We must give a proper shoutout to our NUHS students that attended that weekend and earned positions on the National SACA Sports Council: Bryan Karn (VP), Taite Daisy (Director of Communications) and Megan Royall (Director of Education). They’re representing our school admirably. They’ll be meeting weekly and having monthly reports with the SACA president to help deliver information about events and voting results to different schools.
In other fantastic news, Addison Ozakyol (NUHS Alumnus) won the ACA Sports Council Next Gen Award, an award provided to a sports doctor in the country within the first five years of graduating and working for going above and beyond in the field. It’s amazing to see the efforts and success of fellow NUHS students, professors, and alumni!